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Daily Blog — This week in the studio

Wednesday 17th January 2018

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A reminder that we have some awesome workshops coming up at ActonArt this February vacation!

  • The Intro to Painting workshop covers watercolor, acrylic and oil painting  (ages 14+)
  • The Sketchbooking workshop will not only teach you how to make your own sketchbook, but how to use it to learn and develop creative ideas (ages 13+)
  • The Polymer Clay workshop will utilize easy to use and durable materials to create unique and personalized jewelry (ages 12+)

Be sure to check out our website here to see full details and to register!

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Tuesday 16th January 2018

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This week at ActonArt, Foundation classes are cutting things up with the Bird of Paradise flower!

This beautiful flower (named after the similarly spectacular birds) is native to South Africa and can grow up to ten meters tall! In the intermediate level classes, students are employing a little cut paper method by drawing the leaves and petals on one color of paper and gluing them onto another. This produces bright, colorful flowers on equally color-rich backgrounds.

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Monday 15th January 2018

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From the Portrait Painting class at ActonArt, the “Dead Palette” painting method!

This traditional painting technique uses an extremely limited initial color palette to create layers of depth and complexity of skin tones. 

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Sunday 14th January 2018

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Moving down the face in Faces Features Figures, students at ActonArt were tackling the mouth.

The tricky part about drawing the mouth is convey the soft edges of spaces without drawing hard lines around the top and bottom lip. By sketching out the planes of highlights and shadows instead, the fullness and roundness of the lips is conveyed.

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Saturday 13th January 2018

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Our herd of unicorns is busting on out of ActonArt!

We’ll see you next week with something new!

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Friday 12th January 2018

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In the Comics class at ActonArt, students were creating characters!

Each student was tasked with creating a character, but crowd sourced the world and society they would all exist in. For this class, the characters existed in a forest world that had a dangerous, competitive society. After that, they had to think of the job their character would do in such a world, and the personality and items/outfit they might have. 

For the second task, their character was asked questions so the students could practice speech bubbles and writing legible text!

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Wednesday 10th January 2018

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In Faces Features Figures, students at ActonArt were examining the nose!

Arguably one of the most difficult parts of the face to draw, the nose features very few “hard lines” and must be expressed by soft shadows and highlights.

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Tuesday 9th January 2018

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What a magical week at ActonArt - Foundation classes are drawing Unicorns!

This mystical beast is found throughout all different kinds of cultures around the world, and often present in heraldry. By using a “grid drawing” method, students are easily able to navigate the otherwise challenging horse-like form.

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Monday 8th January 2018

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In the Art Year Program at ActonArt, students were looking at colored pencils and light.

After conducting several small practice sketches in their notebooks, students dove into larger observational drawings from the still life. While the objects in the still life were all white, the reflected lights and shadows from the toned paper below created a dazzling array of color on the forms.

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Sunday 7th January 2018

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February Vacation Workshops are now live on ActonArt’s website! 

There are a ton of cool options if you’re looking for an artistic activity this February break, including some new options like the Sketchbooking and Polymer Clay Jewelry workshops! 

Check out our website here to look at what is available and to register now!

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